Iowa State Set For Spring Finale

As his team nears the end of their run of 15 spring practices, Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney scaled down Friday's workout into more of a walk-through, instead focusing more on tuning up his team for tomorrow's annual intra-squad game before a Jack Trice Stadium crowd.

So the 14th of 15 workout days over the past four weeks had more of a walk-through feel leading up to a regular-season game.

"It was just getting nailed down our plays for tomorrow and making sure there are no mental errors," said McCarney afterwards. "We're reducing a lot of things (for Saturday). Obviously we're not going to go out there with our Nebraska, Iowa or Texas gameplan. So we wanted to focus on fundamentals and set on their assignments for tomorrow.

"We want the fans to come out and see a big-time, Big 12 football team. A good football team is what they expect and that's what we want to show them."

Tomorrow's finale will be the final chance for fans to check out various position battles, including quarterback, before the season-opener against Northern Iowa.

McCarney said his plan is to rotate Cris Love and Austin Flynn at first- and second-team quarterback between halves. The same figures to be true at running back, right offensive guard, tight end and cornerback.

Those areas still in doubt heading into the summer will be big areas of evaluation for McCarney's staff as it grades the final spring tape.

"Any of the positions that are still up for grabs, we're going to get one more game evaluation," he said. "There will be a few positions we roll guys. They may be with one team in the first half and another in the second half, trying to be fair. That includes quarterback. Then I just want to see a clean, well-played game. Don't come out there and act like it's a spring practice, act like it's a game."

As for the action on the field Friday, ISU went through an abbreviated hour-long final tuneup in shorts without pads. Love threw an interception into the hands of cornerback Harold Clewis in 7-on-7 drills, then was nearly picked off again in 11-on-11 by Ellis Hobbs who would have had a touchdown if not for dropping the pass.

Both Cyclone quarterbacks didn't get much help from tight ends Brett Kellogg and James Wright, either, as both dropped routine passes over the middle.


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